Camino Francés: Sarria to Santiago

8 days
T1 trails
Distance: 15 - 20 km per day
250 - 500 m ascent per day

> Walk from Sarria to Santiago
> Cover over 100 kilometers in 6 days
> Spend your nights in cozy hotels and pensións

Santiago de Compostela is well known to everyone. For over 1,000 years pilgrims have walked to this place to visit the tomb of the apostle James in the cathedral. The Camino Francés is the most popular route to complete this journey. The Camino Francés starts in France and has a length of 784 kilometres. To complete the trek in its entirety, you need a lot of time!

The Camino Francés is one of the routes to Santiago de Compostela and, as mentioned, the most frequently chosen variant. The route starts in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France and takes you across the Pyrenees to Spain. Along the way, you pass cities such as Pamplona and Burgos and walk along elongated paths. Surrounded by lavender and wheat fields and perhaps a snow-covered mountain peak, you can let your mind wander to finally bring your journey to a close in Santiago de Compostela.

During this trek, you will walk from Sarria to Santiago in six days. The route can be covered in five days, Bookatrekking.com recommends walking the total distance in six days. We have divided the long third stage from Palas de Rei to Arzúa into two stages, this way the distances are balanced better and you can fully enjoy the whole trek. Covering over 100 kilometers in total, you will walk along the Camino Francés and meet many pilgrims on the way. You'll spend the nights in cozy hotels, pensións, or guesthouses including breakfast.

Itinerary

Day
1

Arrival in Sarria

You arrive in Sarria the day before you start on the Camino Francés. This contributes to a relaxed start of the trip.

DP Cristal (Sarria)

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DP Cristal (Sarria)
Day
2

Sarria - Portomarín

Duration: 05:10 h
Distance: 23.2 km
Ascent: 370 m
Descent: 440 m
The tour starts with a gentle route from Sarria to Portomarín. Along the way, you will walk through small villages, beautiful landscapes and past Romanesque churches. Also, near Ferreiros you will pass the mark indicating that it is exactly 100 kilometres to Santiago, popular for a short stop. At the end of the stage, you will arrive in Portomarín, one of the most beautiful villages on this part of the Camino Francés.

PortoSantiago (Portomarín)

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PortoSantiago (Portomarín)
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3

Portomarín - Palas de Rei

Duration: 05:40 h
Distance: 25 km
Ascent: 520 m
Descent: 320 m
After the start, you soon hike up through dense forests, the route taking you through many picturesque villages and along stone paths. Along the way you will pass Castromayor, among others, where you will find remains of an old fortress and a Romanesque church. At the end of the stage, you will arrive in Palas de Rei, one of the most characteristic places on the Camino Francés.

Pensión Palas (Palas de Rei)

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Pensión Palas (Palas de Rei)
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Included

  • Accommodation

    We will arrange your accommodation on the Camino de Santiago in hotels, inns, and guesthouses. Accommodation will be private in single, double or twin rooms and with en-suite bathroom where possible.

  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide which includes a route description, interactive Camino de Santiago hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek.

  • Baggage Transfer

    This trek includes the transfer of your luggage throughout the entire Camino de Santiago trek. Your bags will be picked up every morning from the hotel lobby and will be driven to your next next accommodation. Baggage transfers allow you to travel lighter during the day and enjoy the walk in a more relaxed manner.

  • Breakfast

    Breakfast is, if possible, included in this trek and it will be provided every morning at your accommodation.

Excluded

  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport. This also applies to any transport from the end point of your trail.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Lunch and Dinner

    Breakfast is, if possible, included in the price of the trek. You can get lunch and dinner at the shops, hotels, and restaurants along the way.

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